Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885." />
4 December 2009
CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain"). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
Square 8o. Lithographic frontispiece by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt (BAL state 1), illustrations in text. Original blue gilt-decorated pictorial cloth (very minor rubbing to spine extremities, otherwise very fine and bright); blue morocco folding case. Provenance: Carl Battger (signature on front free endpaper).
"ALL MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN CALLED HUCKLEBERRY FINN"--Ernest Hemingway in The Green Hills of Africa.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, EARLY STATE, with early issue points: first state of p. 57 with "was" for "saw"; first state of the "Him and Another Man" plate listed as being on p. 88; first state of pagination on folio 155 (the final five lacking); the title leaf is a cancel with 1884 copyright date; third state of p. 283; the frontispiece is in first state. In addition, the present copy contains leaf 23/8, which Blanck states he has never seen in a copy containing all first issue points. He states, however, that the leaf is found in publisher's leather-bound copies. BAL 3415; Grolier American 87; Johnson, pp. 43-50. A VERY FINE COPY IN THE SCARCER BLUE CLOTH.
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